Tuesday, March 27 ::: Look and Live

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From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.  And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Numbers 21:4-9

audio : Never Grow Old, James C. Moore (1914) / Patty Griffin (2010)

image : The Eleventh, Georgii and Vladimir Stenberg (Soviet Russia, 1928)

By the Cross all these things have been set aright . . . It is a Seal that the destroyer may not strike us, a Raising Up of those who lie fallen, a Support for those who stand, a Staff for the infirm, a Crook for the shepherded, a Guide for the wandering, a Perfecting of the advanced, Salvation for soul and body, a Deflector of all evils, a Cause of all goods, a Destruction of sin, a Plant of resurrection, and a Tree of eternal life.

John of Damascus, 8th century


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